Dental plaque is the primary reason why tooth decay and gum disease occur. At Alexandria Center of Dentistry, it is our priority to limit the effects of dental plaque on your oral health, with a strategy that combines twice-yearly visits to our best dental office in Alexandria VA with a strong strategy for you to follow in your own at home.
Dental plaque is a film-like substance that grows on and between teeth. It erodes tooth enamel, and can also irritate, inflame, and even infect your gums.When you eat sugar or starch, you provide additional fuel for plaque. The good news is that by brushing twice daily, when you wake and before you go to bed; as well as flossing at bedtime, most of the plaque in your mouth is washed away. Some, though, hides in gum pockets, and evades the reach of your oral hygiene routine. That plaque typically hardens into tartar over time, which then makes it beyond the ability of your toothbrush and dental floss to eliminate. When you make your six month trip to our best dental office in Alexandria VA, in addition to a complete examination, you will receive a professional teeth cleaning, which serves to eradicate both plaque and tartar. It’s like hitting the reset button on your oral well-being. As an added bonus, a teeth cleaning will reverse any signs of early stage gum disease, or gingivitis. It is worth noting that if you miss coming in for your checkup and cleaning, gingivitis may progress to the advanced stage of periodontitis. If that happens, your gums can recede. Persistent bad breath may become noticeable. Gum and bone tissue can erode. And your teeth might loosen.
It should be reassuring to know that just a commitment on your part to brushing and flossing at home, and two checkups per year at our best dental office in Alexandria VA, you can put the odds in your favor for optimal dental and periodontal wellness. Call us today.